American University has launched an investigation after Confederate flag posters with cotton on them were hung across campus.
The posters were hung on multiple buildings across campus on a night that Dr. Ibram Kendi came to deliver a presentation titled, “A Vision For Equality.” The suspect is reportedly a 5-foot-10 white male around the age of 40, who was last seen wearing a pink shirt, camouflage pants and an orange hard hat.
American University Vice President of Campus Life Fanta Aw issued a statement on the matter which is currently being investigated by campus police.
The statement from Aw can be read below:
This evening, ten confederate flag posters with cotton attached to them were reported in three locations on campus – Battelle, McKinley and Mary Graydon Center. AU Police and the Office of Campus Life are investigating and we will notify the community when more information is known.
We are well aware this act occurred the same evening Dr. Ibram Kendi presented “A Vision for Equality,” an introduction to the Antiracist Research and Policy Center. AU is committed to the vision of the Center and Dr. Kendi’s work and we will not be deterred by this cowardly attempt at intimidation. If you have any information about this incident, please contact Public Safety at 202-885-2527.
University President Sylvia Burwell also issued a statement.
— Lindsey Leake (@NewsyLindsey) September 27, 2017
Earlier this year, bananas were hung from nooses on campus so this is not the first time racial hatred has been used in an attemt to intimidate. Let’s hope the person responsible is caught and held accountable for his despicable actions.
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